LAX Expands its Contactless Identification Program with Additional ‘CAT’ Screens

A passenger uses CAT system - Courtesy LAWA

Los Angeles International Airport has become the first large airport in the country to offer touchless, automated photo identification scanners at the airport’s security screening checkpoints. The system was installed to reduce contact with Transportation Security Administration officers.

TSA is now using Credential Authentication Technology at all security checkpoints at LAX. When a traveler approaches any document-checking podium at the entrance of the security checkpoint, the TSA officer will ask them to insert or scan their own photo ID into a small machine. This eliminates the need for travelers to give their photo ID or boarding pass to a TSA officer.

“As the first large airport in the U.S. to implement 100 percent use of touchless ID scanners at checkpoints, LAX is once again setting the bar for innovation, technology, and a seamless and healthy guest experience,” said Justin Erbacci, chief executive officer of Los Angeles World Airports. “We thank our partners at TSA for their strong leadership in bringing touchless credential checks to the whole of LAX, and working with us to leverage evolving technology that helps people travel safely and efficiently.”

“This self-service option is just one of the many ways TSA is helping travelers ‘Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.’ during the screening experience without compromising security,” said Boyd Jeffries, TSA Federal Security Director at LAX. “We are extremely pleased that LAX is the first airport in the country to offer this fully automated feature.”

With the use of a secure Internet connection and a scan of the photo ID, CAT can confirm a traveler’s identity on a screen and can verify that the individual is ticketed for travel that day. The TSA had 30 CAT units deployed at LAX. Earlier this month, an additional 50 units were installed, making LAX the first airport in the country with full CAT capability in every lane at every security checkpoint.

All travelers will need to check in with their airline and show their boarding pass to the airline gate agent before boarding their flight.